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Brazil: Oracle’s Final Frontier Webcast Q&A

Brazil: Oracle’s Final Frontier Webcast Q&A

If you didn’t get a chance to tune in to IT Convergence’s latest webcast on Oracle in Brazil, no need to worry! IT Convergence has the answers to your Brazil Oracle-related questions.

Included below is the transcript of the questions:

We need to increase our operations .Can we create a legal entity in Brazil without hiring employees to attend the government tax requirements?

Brazil requires several Government legal reports, including the most recent tax obligation called SPED. Oracle has some local partners that provide complementary products to generate these Tax Obligations and reduce manual work. ITC has a partnership with Synchro System and implements the Synchro solution on the local market.

What is the best approach to have corporate (US) leading the project for a Brazil Implementation with the local project team in Brazil?

The project management level can be from the US or Brazil. In both cases, my recommendation is to consider the Brazil Localization and the best local practices as part of the project scope. For the implementation team, in our experience, it’s better to focus the US consultants on the modules or activities where there is minimal impact per the Brazil Localization. There are some specific setups that by using a local consultant we can have more assertive results. As an example, in an AR implementation, it is possible to keep a global consultant to manage the Customer Details and a local consultant to manage the billing setup for Brazil.

I understand that the Brazilian government introduces new statutory requirements or changes on a monthly basis. How well does Oracle keep up with these changes and what is the quality of the patches they release? I’m concerned with ability to test and deploy quickly.

There are new legislations every month or even every day, but not all of them apply to all companies. In general, the level of patches per legal requirement is not high. If the Government requirement also includes an update on the interface to the third party solution, Oracle and the partner perform an internal validation first, so the double check increases the final quality. Also if we analyze the past similar situations, we can see companies with more difficulties with data issues than technical issues to report the information to the Government.

Can a Brazil solution be integrated to a Share Service WW mode located in India or Europe?

There are customers that split the Oracle data entry, management or consolidation processes into multiple countries. On Oracle 11i the biggest limitation was the Brazil Localization, like the RI Module that is available just in Portuguese. Now on R12 there is no limitation. It is still easy to have a local expert to prepare the billing or receiving process, but several other standard activities can be executed in a shared service model.

We have been implementing the EFD-PIS/COFINS obligation on Release 11. I’d like to know if it’s possible to reuse what the consultant company is doing or if we have to re-implement everything with the ODI for R12.

If you have the EFD PIS COFINS, I am assuming you have a third party Oracle solution for that. So, all the configuration work on the partner solution will remain as it is. The interface is very different from versions 11 and 12. Basically the technology that Oracle provides for the integration is different. So if the company follows the R12 Interface with Oracle ODI tool, the interface is a new solution. If the company decides to move forward not using ODI, the final interface is also very similar to the 11i. Without ODI, the solution is not certified by Oracle. Synchro, for example, developed their own interface with R12 without ODI, so with Synchro the final solution is supported by them.

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